A 34-year-old Ecuadorian immigrant lost his life at a Queens construction site on Tuesday, March 13. The incident occurred right before 11 a.m. near the intersection of 150th St. and 89th Ave.
According to witnesses, one worker was down on the ground helping guide a large set of windows into place along the wall. The forklift operator apparently lost sight of the decedent for a short while, yet moved forward in placing the windows against the wall.
Little did he know, his co-worker was standing behind the forklift as he went to back up in order to maneuver the windows into place. As the man's co-worker backed the machine up, the now-deceased construction worker was crushed between the forklift and the wall. Witnesses to the incident reported that it was immediately apparent that the man had suffered significant head injuries.
While what occurred triggered alarms requiring workers to evacuate the building, many instead rushed to their injured co-worker's aid. Several of the man's colleagues were seen doing what they could to comfort him, but it was clear he was in grave condition. An ambulance was summoned. By the time paramedics arrived at the scene, he was pronounced dead.
The deceased worker, who had been working at the site for around a year, was single and didn't have any children. He did have relatives, including a sister. She's struggling to cope with her brother being taken from her so soon.
Family members of the man said he'd previously expressed concern about safety there at his job and how someone was, one day, going to be killed there. Little did they suspect it would be him.
The construction company in charge of the project has been cited several times in recent months for safety concerns.
If you've lost a loved one while they were working on a construction site in New York City, then a Queens personal injury attorney may advise you of your right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in your case.
Source: NY Daily News, "Forklift crushes construction worker to death at violation-plagued Queens jobsite: 'He was afraid of dying'," Greg Smith, March 13, 2018